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In the interest of giving all the left- and right-swiping a rest, we sent Adam Lukach, Red Eye reporter, and Sadé Carpenter, Red Eye deputy editor, on a speed dating mission. Dating background Adam: After a yearslong relationship recently ended, I have returned to dating in earnest for the first time since 2013. In just the last few years, the different digital avenues available for dating have changed dramatically, and every option comes with its own learning curve.We organize the best speed dating Los Angeles has to offer, and our singles parties are legendary!We have introduced thousands of LA Singles to each other, and every year we receive hundreds of testimonials from our happy clients. Check out our events schedule for the next speed dating event or singles party near you!I’ve tried the apps but, like Adam, have gotten mixed results. On one hand, I’d love the companionship or even a very consistent friend with benefits, but I’m also content in my singledom.I’m used to it, despite the societal pressure that comes with being unmarried and childless at 32.Plus, I’m not the bargoer at 28 that I was at 23, which diminishes a regular meeting spot.In any case, my results from Bumble, Tinder and Coffee Meets Bagel have been mixed, at best.As in, I conveniently forgot their names.)Rewind two weeks: I'm hanging out with some girlfriends and one of them mentions how she saw a groupon-like deal for speed dating.In my head, I said, "Wouldn't it be fun if we all did that?Instead of actual results with other human beings, I’ve spent more time instead considering how my photos look, what my bio says (and doesn’t say) and should I display my top Spotify artists? The process can be draining, especially with your phone at your fingertips.I feel like there’s a very relatable gray area between “I want to meet someone” and “I don’t want to deal with all this extra nonsense.”Sadé: I consider myself perpetually single.